Troubador Do I Look Like I Have Breast Cancer?

Released: 05/07/2010

ISBN: 9781848763715

Format: Paperback

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Do I Look Like I Have Breast Cancer?

New wig, new look, new life

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This is a personal diary capturing the ups and downs of the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and ultimately the start of a new life. The focus of the diary is on wearing a stunning wig, gaining a new image and carrying on with the majority of normal activities, which radically changed the perceptions of many people regarding the impact of cancer.

When Sue Wheeler’s worst nightmare of being diagnosed with breast cancer came true, she found the hidden strength to stay positive, and to tackle the huge mountain facing her.

One of her key decisions was to wear a wig when out in public, rather than hats and scarves, because she ‘never wanted to look like a cancer patient’. This new, stunning look provided a tremendous contribution to challenging peoples’ perceptions of what patients can achieve and how they can look throughout treatment.

This personal one-year diary highlights Sue’s positive attitude towards cancer and its treatment, and some of the strategies she adopted to get through it, such as continuing to work part-time, socialising with friends and family, and regularly walking her dog.

This is an essential read for cancer patients, and their families and friends, to see what a difference a fantastic wig can make to patients’ self esteem and confidence during a difficult, emotional and relentless treatment regime. It’s a true example of how to remain totally positive and focused on recovery.

“Sue Wheeler is a positive role model for anyone living with cancer. The book challenges peoples’ perceptions of cancer patients.”
Waterstones store - Coventry

“I started to read your book when I got home on Wednesday night and, as I said I would, sat up until I’d finished it at 4.30am!!! I hope that’s testament for you as to how good it is! You can feel very proud of what you’ve achieved Sue… it’s remarkable that you’ve succeeded in what you set out to do and you really are a true inspiration to the sisterhood of breast cancer survivors.”
Lynn Bullock - Co Chair Solihull Breast Friends Support Group

“I have just read your book and I am full of admiration for your willingness to share such personal experiences with everyone. It is so open and honest that I really felt humbled by reading it.”
Lorraine Donnelly - Coventry

“I have started to read your book and can’t put it down, there is so much I recognise and can relate to, it’s amazing that the feelings you describe are exactly the way I felt.”
Lorraine Ashford – Publicity & Marketing Solihull Breast Friends Support Group

“I read your book last night and found it very moving.”
Diane Parkes - Reporter Birmingham Mail

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Sue  Wheeler

Sue Wheeler was a twin born in south Cheshire in 1954. She trained as a secondary school teacher and taught in a number of schools before her current role as a School Improvement Adviser with a Local Authority. Sue married Andy in 1977 and relocated to the West Midlands. They have one dog; Chloe a black Labrador.

Her twin brother Alan died in 2000 at the age of 45, after a five year battle with bowel cancer. Her Mum died in 2005 after two and half years fighting breast cancer. Within two weeks of her own diagnosis for breast cancer Sue decided she would write a diary about the year of treatment. She surprised herself (and others) by remaining very strong and focussed throughout. Sue edited her diary for publication so she could share her experiences, both as a positive role model and support for other cancer patients in the future.

Sue now works part time and enjoys dog walking, gardening, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

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